Nigeria, Burkina Faso friendly cancelled
By Ignatius Eyah
Super Eagles’ second international friendly, against Burkina Faso scheduled to hold in London on Monday, has been called off over UK entry visa hitches, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced on Saturday.
,NFF’s Director of Media and Communications, Ademola Olajire, said in a statement that the cancellation was as a result of the failure of seven players in the Burkinabe contingent to secure visas into the UK.
Quoting Chris Green, Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, Olajire said that the Federation regretted the development.
He said: “The second friendly match we had scheduled for the Super Eagles as part of preparations for the remaining matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying series and the beginning of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification race will no longer take place on Monday.
“The match in question is called off due to no fault of either the organisers or the NFF, but is regrettable,’’ he was quoted as saying.
According to Olajire there was no British High Commission in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital.
“Officials of the Federation Burkinabe de Football (FBF) had been shuttling between Accra in Ghana and Ouagadougou for visa processing.
“FBF sources said the Embassy in Accra told them last week to proceed to Morocco (where the Etalons played against the Atlas Lions on Friday) and that the visas would be issued there.
“However, the applications were still pending at the British Embassy in Morocco as at close of work on Friday, the last working day before Monday, the match day in London.
“FBF on Friday by 7 p.m. UK time called the match organisers to say some of their players and officials were unable to secure entry visas into the UK and therefore would not be able to honour the match.’’